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ClassiCube is a custom Minecraft Classic and ClassiCube client written in C that works on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Haiku, and in a web browser.
It is not affiliated with (or supported by) Mojang AB, Minecraft, or Microsoft in any way.


You can download the game from here and the very latest builds from here.


What ClassiCube is

  • A complete re-implementation of Minecraft Classic 0.30, with optional additions
  • Lightweight, minimal memory usage compared to original Minecraft Classic
  • Much better performance than original Minecraft Classic
  • Works with effectively all graphics cards that support OpenGL or Direct3D 9

What ClassiCube isn't

  • It does not work with Minecraft Java or Bedrock edition servers
  • It does not have a survival mode (nor will such a mode be added)
  • It does not reimplement Minecraft Classic versions before 0.30

System requirements

  • Windows: 95 or later
  • macOS: 10.5 or later (can be compiled to work with 10.3/10.4 though)
  • Linux: libcurl and libopenal
  • Android: 2.3 or later

Note: When running from within VirtualBox, disable Mouse Integration, otherwise the camera will not work properly


Initially, you will need to run ClassiCube.exe to download the required assets from Just click 'OK' to the dialog menu that appears when you start the launcher.

Singleplayer Run ClassiCube.exe, then click Singleplayer at the main menu.

Multiplayer Run ClassiCube.exe. You can connect to LAN/locally hosted servers, servers, and servers through the launcher.

Stuck with OpenGL 1.1 due to old graphics hardware?

If you're on Windows, you should first try using the MESA software renderer from here. Typically though, this occurs because you have not installed GPU drivers.

Otherwise, you will have to compile the game yourself. Don't forget to add -DCC_BUILD_GL11 to the compilation command line so that the compiled game supports OpenGL 1.1.

Compiling - Windows

Using Visual Studio

Open ClassiCube.sln (File -> Open -> Project/Solution) and compile it (Build -> Build Solution).

If you get a The Windows SDK version 5.1 was not found compilation error, see here for how to fix

Using Visual Studio (command line)
  1. Use 'Developer Tools for Visual Studio' from Start Menu
  2. Navigate to directory with game's source code
  3. Enter cl.exe *.c /link user32.lib gdi32.lib crypt32.lib ws2_32.lib wininet.lib winmm.lib dbghelp.lib shell32.lib comdlg32.lib /out:ClassiCube.exe
Using MinGW-w64

I am assuming you used the installer from

  1. Install MinGW-W64
  2. Use either Run Terminal from Start Menu or run mingw-w64.bat in the installation folder
  3. Navigate to directory with game's source code
  4. Enter gcc *.c -o ClassiCube.exe -mwindows -lwinmm -limagehlp
Using MinGW

I am assuming you used the installer from

  1. Install MinGW. You need mingw32-base-bin and msys-base-bin packages.
  2. Run msys.bat in the C:\MinGW\msys\1.0 folder.
  3. Navigate to directory with game's source code
  4. Enter gcc *.c -o ClassiCube.exe -mwindows -lwinmm -limagehlp
Using TCC

I am assuming you used from

  1. Extract the .zip file
  2. In ExtMath.C, change fabsf to fabs and sqrtf to sqrtf
  3. In TCC's include/math.h, remove the inline definition for fabs at around line 217
  4. In TCC's lib/kernel32.def, add missing RtlCaptureContext
  5. Add missing include files from as required
  6. ???

Compiling - Linux

Using gcc/clang

Install appropriate libs as required. For ubuntu these are: libx11-dev, libxi-dev and libgl1-mesa-dev

gcc *.c -o ClassiCube -rdynamic -lm -lpthread -lX11 -lXi -lGL -ldl

Cross compiling for Windows (32 bit):

i686-w64-mingw32-gcc *.c -o ClassiCube.exe -mwindows -lwinmm -limagehlp

Cross compiling for Windows (64 bit):

x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc *.c -o ClassiCube.exe -mwindows -lwinmm -limagehlp

Raspberry Pi

Although the regular linux compiliation flags will work fine, to take full advantage of the hardware:

gcc *.c -o ClassiCube -DCC_BUILD_RPI -rdynamic -lm -lpthread -lX11 -lXi -lEGL -lGLESv2 -ldl

Compiling - macOS

Using gcc/clang (32 bit)

cc *.c -o ClassiCube -framework Carbon -framework AGL -framework OpenGL -framework IOKit

Using gcc/clang (64 bit)

cc *.c interop_cocoa.m -o ClassiCube -framework Cocoa -framework OpenGL -framework IOKit -lobjc

Compiling - for Android

Using Android Studio GUI

Open android folder in Android Studio (TODO explain more detailed)

Using command line (gradle)

Run gradlew in android folder (TODO explain more detailed)

Compiling - for iOS

iOS version will have issues as it's incomplete and only tested in iOS Simulator

Using Xcode GUI

Import ios/CCIOS.xcodeproj project into Xcode (TODO explain more detailed)

Using command line (Xcode)

xcodebuild -sdk iphoneos -configuration Debug (TODO explain more detailed)

Compiling - other desktop OSes


Install libexecinfo, curl and openal-soft package if needed

cc *.c -o ClassiCube -I /usr/local/include -L /usr/local/lib -lm -lpthread -lX11 -lXi -lGL -lexecinfo


Install libexecinfo, curl and openal package if needed

cc *.c -o ClassiCube -I /usr/X11R6/include -I /usr/local/include -L /usr/X11R6/lib -L /usr/local/lib -lm -lpthread -lX11 -lXi -lGL -lexecinfo


Install libexecinfo, curl and openal-soft package if needed

cc *.c -o ClassiCube -I /usr/X11R7/include -I /usr/pkg/include -L /usr/X11R7/lib -L /usr/pkg/lib -lpthread -lX11 -lXi -lGL -lexecinfo


cc *.c -o ClassiCube -I /usr/local/include -L /usr/local/lib -lm -lpthread -lX11 -lXi -lGL -lexecinfo


gcc *.c -o ClassiCube -lm -lsocket -lX11 -lXi -lGL


Install openal_devel and libexecinfo_devel package if needed

cc *.c Window_Haiku.cpp -o ClassiCube -lm -lexecinfo -lGL -lnetwork -lstdc++ -lbe -lgame -ltracker


Install SDL2 port if needed

cc *.c -o ClassiCube -lgl -lSDL2

Compiling - other


emcc *.c -s ALLOW_MEMORY_GROWTH=1 --js-library interop_web.js

The generated javascript file has some issues. See here for how to fix


You'll have to write the necessary code. You should read in doc folder.


Functions and variables in .h files are mostly documented.

Further information (e.g. style) for the game's source code can be found in the doc and misc folders.

Known compilation errors

Fixes for compilation errors when using musl or old glibc for C standard library


  • Press escape (after joining a world) or pause to switch to the pause menu.

  • Pause menu -> Options -> Controls lists all of the key combinations used by the client.

  • Note that toggling 'vsync' to on will minimise CPU usage, while off will maximimise chunk loading speed.

  • Press F to cycle view distance. A smaller number of visible chunks can improve performance.

  • If the server has disabled hacks, key combinations such as fly and speed will not do anything.

  • To see the list of built in commands, type /client.

  • To see help for a given built in command, type /client help <command name>.

Open source technologies

  • curl - HTTP/HTTPS for linux and macOS
  • FreeType - Font handling for all platforms
  • GCC - Compiles client for linux
  • MinGW-w64 - Compiles client for windows
  • Clang - Compiles client for macOS
  • Emscripten - Compiles client for web
  • RenderDoc - graphics debugging

Sound Credits

ClassiCube uses sounds from
Full credits are listed in doc/